Number 1: The Lives of Others (2007).
This film is set in
It chronicles life under a totalitarian regime at the Stasi secretly monitors the activities of a playwright who is suspected of harboring doubts about Communism. Critics showered the movie with praise and it won an Oscar for best foreign-language film (it's in German). More Buckley: "The tension mounts to heart-stopping pitch and I felt the impulse to rush out into the street and drag passersby in to watch the story unfold."
OK I can see this. We all understand the idiocy of Blind Allegiance to one political doctrine or another. Especially when that Doctrine leads you into a blind alley rendering you are unable to tell if you've ever made a mistake.
Granted, I’ve yet to see this film, yet. While the Anti-Commie angle is undoubtedly present in the film, I cannot comment on how the film’s depiction of the Human Condition renders it the Number 1 Conservative Power House Film of its Generation. At least another cartoon is not listed in the Number 1 spot. You have to give the Corner Correspondent at least that much credit.
Number 2. The Incredibles (2004). This animated film comes in at Number 2?
It tells the story of a family of Super Heroes living an anonymous life surrounded by witness protection program secrecy. When evil rears its ugly head, much as Putin when he rears his head into the Air Space of Alaska, our super heroes must save the day.
So why is this film Conservative MasterWork:
This animated film skips pop-culture references and gross jokes in favor of a story that celebrates marriage, courage, responsibility, and high achievement.
In one scene, son Dash, a super-speedy runner, wants to try out for track. Mom claims it wouldn't be fair. "Dad says our powers make us special!" Dash objects. "Everyone is special," Mom demurs, to which Dash mutters, "Which means nobody is."
I have to admit, while having seen The Incredibles or parts of The Incredibles on different occasions, I really didn’t pay much attention to the apparent underlying social commentary. And by way of further admission, I also have to admit that one of my kids loves The Incredibles, so what does that say about my parenting skills? Maybe I should write a letter to the editor, or demand that The Incredibles be taken off the shelf at the local movie rental store, or perhaps arrange boycotts of the
Number 3. Metropolitan (1990). Huh??? How could I have missed one of the seminal Conservative Movies of our times. Did I miss anything? Apparently, Yes:
One character, a committed socialist, falls for the discreet charm of the urban haute bourgeoisie. Another plaintively theorizes the inevitable doom of his class. A reader of Jane Austen wonders what's wrong with a novel's having a virtuous heroine. And a roguish defender of standards and detachable collars delivers more sophisticated conservative one-liners than a year's worth of Yale Party of the Right debates.
Must be on this list for making fun of Commies and Socialists I take it. Who can’t resist making fun of those who fall back to the safety and comfort of a whacky ideology? See Other entries on List. Oh well.
Number 4. Forrest Gump (1993). Everyone likes Forrest Gump, though I did not know it was a Conservative Opus. Anyway according to our Corner Correspondent, here is why it makes the Top 5:
Tom Hanks plays the title character, an amiable dunce who is far too smart to embrace the lethal values of the 1960s. The love of his life, wonderfully played by Robin Wright Penn, chooses a different path; she becomes a drug-addled hippie, with disastrous results.Maybe this film is on the list to punctuate that while the 1950’s were cool the 1960’s were not quite so and maybe even the opposite. That’s a question that won’t get settled here and doesn’t really matter for this list. I’ll leave that one to the DFH’s and Wingnut Baby Boomers.
But one thing about Forrest Gump that I think everybody can agree upon is that it’d priceless to hear George W Bush say:
Lieutenant Dan. Lieutenant Dan? Lieutenant Dan!
Number 5. 300 (2007). Making the Top 5 and coming in at Number 5 of the Greatest Conservative Movies of the past 25 years is 300! Really.
This movie is based in part on a comic book depicting the Battle of Thermopylae where an Army of 300 Spartans and 1000 or so other Greeks fought a vastly superior invading Persian Army, sacrificing their lives Alamo-Style. Presumably this movie is a modern day allegory for the Bush Administration’s actions regarding the Preventive War in
During the Bush years,
I’ll grant them that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance, such as the defense of one’s County and the commitment to the rule of law. However we all know that during the Bush Administration, the rule of Law was only applied to other people conduct rather than to self. But hey, this was a fun flick, so add this one to the list.